Boasting to be one of the oldest natural onsen in Japan. This gem is one of my favourite amongst the open air onsens (rotenburo). It is inexpensive and a stunning experience. Breath-taking unbreached sea view while bathing. Bath within 10m from the sea!!!
This bath is very simple. There’s no shower facilities. You’ll have to master the use of scopes without contaminating the clean onsen. Wash & rinse well before taking a dip.
This place is extremely close to the ocean, visitors are at the mercy of the weather. For example, on a bad windy day. This is what it will look like… Look closely at what the high waves do to the bath… i.e. do not bath when the sea is rough like that. Will end up in the ocean & be lost forever or death on the rocks.
Trivia: Japanese emperor used to bath here too 😛
There’re visible sea creatures or creepy crawlies… this thing is natural.
Those who are conscious about being naked will feel fairly uncomfortable… in a far distant, there’s an observation tower LOL I personally have not tested their binoculars. I don’t know if people by the tower will really see naked bathing folks.
By all normal standards, photos / phones are not allowed into the bath. Fortunately after a few attempts, there is finally no body else but me.
Where was I?
1668 Yuzaki, Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama Pref.
Official website: http://www.nanki-shirahama.net/onsen-(hot-springs)/
Bath fee: JPY420 (price 2015)
Their price had increased over the years. It was free and since 2009 they’ve introduced bath fees JPY300…
There are free cubbyholes. If you want lockers, they’re outside of the bath next to the ticket booth. There are no large lockers!! It was JPY100 (if I remember correctly).
Photos were taken over 3 different trips, hence the difference in lighting / weather conditions.
The featured photo was achieved by me running into the path on a camera timer LOL Joy of solo traveler 😀 A couple of failures before getting to these final photos haha
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